School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Professor Ronald C. Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology
Seminar Date: Thu, 18/01/2018 - 10:00
Venue: 49-502; AEB Seminar Room
Host: Prof Michael Bruenig

Seminar Type:  ITEE Research Seminar


Expanding our work in understanding the relationships maintained in teams of humans and robots, this talk describes previous and ongoing research for ONR on deception and its application within robotic systems. Earlier we explored the use of psychological interdependence theory as the basis for producing deceit in robotic systems in order to evade capture. More recent work involves studying squirrel hoarding and bird mobbing behavior as it applies to deception, in the first case for misleading a predator, and in the second for feigning strength when none exists. Results are presented from these biological models in both simulation and robotic systems, as well as consideration of the ethical implications of this research. 

[The talk will go for approx 1 hr. If you would like to stay to take part in a discussion with Prof Arkin following his talk, please let Michael know - ]


Ronald C. Arkin is Regents' Professor and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and is the Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony IDL in Tokyo, in the Robotics and AI Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse and is currently on leave in Brisbane, first at QUT and now at CSIRO. Dr. Arkin's research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, machine deception, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems. His books include Behavior-Based Robotics, Robot Colonies, and Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots. He has provided expert testimony to the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Pentagon and others on Autonomous Systems Technology. Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) AdCom, and is a founding co-chair of IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Ethics.

Professor Arkin is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.